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"No need to search. The purse has found you. Come get me weaklings!"
―Pursehead’s first words upon being created.[src]

"Foolish Power Rangers. You’re only putting off the inevitable; your destruction!Pursehead after Billy and Trini Kwan"
―Trini rescued their friends.[src]

"Silly White Ranger. I’m more trouble than you can handle."
―Pursehead when the other Power Rangers left him alone with Tommy.[src]

"Oh no!"
―Pursehead’s final words before returning to his purse form.[src]

Pursehead was a purse monster who served as the secondary antagonist of the episode "Two for One.”

History

When Tommy and Kimberly decided to go on their first date, Lord Zedd decided that this would be a good time to mess with their personal lives. Since Tommy had recently rejoined the team as the White Ranger, Zedd decided that two heads were better than one and would create two monsters in a combined assault. During a date montage, he sent down the Putty Patrol to meddle in their affairs and they stole Kimberly’s mother. Pursehead was then created by Lord Zedd from the purse itself and was assigned the mission of destroying the Power Rangers at all costs. Tommy and Kimberly that the latter’s purse had been stolen but Pursehead appeared and revealed where it had gone before challenging them into battle. Deciding to take him up on that offer, the duo morphed to try and battle him but he produced a compact mirror and fired off beams from it, freezing them in time and space. With a third of the team utterly crippled, Zedd created the Lipsyncher to force the other Power Rangers out and destroy them. The Rangers regrouped at the Command Center and sent Zack to help his friends. When he arrived, he confronted Pursehead and drew his Power Axe but was frozen by the mirror ray before he could even move.

Once Billy and Trini finished the Reverse Ocular Dilator to free their friends, they morphed and went to the park. Pursehead welcomed them (having apparently been standing around twiddling his thumbs in the meantime) but Trini distracted him by hand-standing over and posing in front of him which dumbfounded the monster whilst Billy used the Dilator. Said device not only unfroze his friends but the ray that did so bounced off of them and struck down Pursehead as well. However, Jason had been forced to fight the Lipsyncher alone before due to the others working on the Dilator and was in trouble to so they had to help their friend. Tommy told the others to help Jason whilst he stayed to defeat Pursehead. Pursehead used some mystical dental floss and trapped Tommy in a rope like fashion but Saba helped Tommy by floating above and blasting Pursehead with his eye lasers. Pursehead was badly hurt and released Tommy from his stranglehold. Who then dashed at the monster and performed multiple powerful strikes, sending the monster sprawling. After that devastating flurry of attacks, Tommy unleashed a drop kick so powerful that Pursehead could no longer maintain his form so he dissolved into red energy and returned to the form of Kimberly's mother’s purse. Zedd remained confident that he would emerge on top with the Lipsyncher but the Thunderzord Assault Team made short work of her.

Personality

Pursehead was a cunning, sinister and cold monster that took great pride in destroying the Power Rangers. However, he was also insanely stupid and easy to trick because Trini hand-standing up to him and posing was enough for him to be stunned so Billy unfroze the other Rangers which became his downfall.

Powers and Abilities

  • Strength-Pursehead was able to throw Tommy around with ease.

Arsenal

  • Staff-Pursehead wielded a massive staff resembling a cotton bud. It would have presumably been used as a club but he never attacked with it.
  • Compact Ray-Pursehead wielded a large pocket mirror that could fire a large red-silver ray capable of freezing the Power Rangers’ minds and rendering them immobile.
  • Giant Dental Floss-Pursehead could pull out a large pack of dental floss that he used to tie Tommy up like a lasso.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

  • Pursehead was voiced by Richard Cansino despite having a very high-pitched voice.

Notes

  • Pursehead was the first monster in the show who, despite having a Super Sentai counterpart, only appeared in original footage. This was followed up by Doomstone.
    • The change was necessary since he did not grow in Dairanger (since he was obliterated before he could use his Growth Bomb) so there was no Zord fight and the rest of his footage featured the Dairangers in such a way that they would be impossible to edit around.
      • Even If they could have somehow worked their way around it, his destruction shot involved him being surrounded by massive spears.
  • Despite being the reason for the Lipsyncher’s existence in-universe, she was the reason he was adapted at all in a meta perspective. Lipsyncher actually grew twice in the original two-parter she was featured in during Dairanger. The growth and city shots from her first battle were used here but only the second one actually used in Two for One.
    • The reason for this cut was because the second battle involved a temple and Houou Ranger, making all surrounding footage unusable so finding a reason for her to retreat from her initial fight and then returning with no fanfare was impossible. This left a significant amount of her screen time unadaptable so they had to include Pursehead to fill up time.
  • For whatever reason, Pursehead had kanji on the front of his face like in Sentai footage.
    • This is despite Saban blatantly having the monster suit and no footage of him being used so that they would need to keep this for consistency’s sake.

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